Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 SealMaster Honda with Vasser Sullivan has made it back to back victories at home at the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Starting the race from pole position in his first every race in the Verizon IndyCar Series, Robert Wickens in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda led 69 laps but with a handful of laps to go while leading the Canadian was tagged and spun around by Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
Having started the race from 24th place Graham Rahal in the No.15 United Rentals Honda came through the field for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to finish on the podium in second place while Alexander Rossi was able to recover following the incident with Wickens to complete the podium in third place.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda finished the race in fourth place just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda for Andretti Autosport.
Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing recovered well following a collision with Takuma Sato to finish the race in sixth place just ahead of defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Ed Jones in the No.10 NTT Data Honda finished the race in eighth place just ahead of Marco Andretti in the No.98 Ruoff Mortgages Honda while Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet rounded out the top ten for Team Penske.
Tony Kanaan in the No.14 ABC Supply Chevrolet ended the race in 11th place just ahead of Takuma Sato in the No.30 MiJack Panasonic Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Simon Pagenaud ended the race in 13th place in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet for Team Penske while Gabby Chaves ended the race in 14th place for Harding Racing in the No.88 Chevrolet.
Zach Veach was classified in 16th place for Andretti Autosport just ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo in the No.19 PaySafe Honda.
Robert Wickens was classifed in 18th place in the No.6 Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. It was a disappointing day for Max Chilton as retired from the race in the No.59 Gallagher Chevrolet in Carlin’s first Verizon IndyCar Series race.
Charlie Kimball in the No.23 Tresiba Chevrolet ended the race in 20th place just ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Jordan King who had been up front most of the day. Rene Binder was classified in 22nd place just ahead of Jack Harvey in the No.60 Michael Shank Racing with SPM Honda.
Matheus Leist was 24th in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet. The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg was an absolutely incredible way to start the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.